Twelve- and sixteen-cylinder versions have been used in main line diesel electric locomotives, including Alstom's LDE 3200 locomotive for Syria and M9 for Sri Lanka (12-cylinder), and the AD43C for Iran as well as the KTM Class 29 for Malaysia (16-cylinder).
Like most MAN engines, the RK 215 is also sold for stationary and marine use. It is available in I-6 V-8, V-12 and V-16 RK215 engine during the introduction as AD43 locomotive application started in Iranian railway has received many modifications.
- "موتور RK215". www.desa.ir (in Persian).
- "Into Man B & W and the New Millenium". www.enginemuseum.org. Anson Engine Museum.
..contract was signed during September with ALSTOM Transport of France for Ruston to supply 100 traction engines type 16RK215T. The engines were to be used to power one hundred AD43C locomotives for the Iranian Islamic Republic Railways ... Prior to signing the contract Ruston negotiated a Consortium, Transfer of Technology, Localisation and Distribution agreement with the Iran Heavy Engine Manufacturing Company (DESA). The agreement was for Ruston to supply the first engines fully built and the remainder to be built in Iran by DESA ..
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